Scott Guthrie at Microsoft: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/09/28/jquery-and-microsoft.aspx
Scott Hanselman at Microsoft: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/jQueryToShipWithASPNETMVCAndVisualStudio.aspx
John Resig from jQuery: ( http://jquery.com/blog/2008/09/28/jquery-microsoft-nokia/ )
Some snippets from ScottGu:
I’m excited today to announce that Microsoft will be shipping jQuery with Visual Studio going forward
Enough said. I’ve been in love with jQuery since the first day I used it, been using it since. Glad to see Microsoft making the move. It’s been a powerful tool with asp.net mvc so far. Very intuitive, easy to extend, etc…
The new ASP.NET MVC download will also distribute it, and add the jQuery library by default to all new projects.
We are really excited to be able to partner with the jQuery team on this. jQuery is a fantastic library, and something we think can really benefit ASP.NET and ASP.NET AJAX developers. We are looking forward to having it work great with Visual Studio and ASP.NET, and to help bring it to an even larger set of developers.
For more details on today’s announcement, please check out John Resig’s post on the jQuery team blog. Scott Hanselman is also about to post a nice tutorial that shows off integrating jQuery with ASP.NET AJAX (including the new client templating engine) as well as ADO.NET Data Services (which shipped in .NET 3.5 SP1 and was previously code-named “Astoria”).
I do think this library is superior to what MS has used, and I was also curious why they did their own. I figured it was because they couldn’t use Open Source. So, I guess they will/can. Good to see. Now… I think they’d be wise to refactor their own libraries to use jQuery/add on to jQuery (plugins, etc…)
I’ve personally built a few Html Ajax helpers, form validation helpers, etc.. for my asp.net mvc projects. Plugins are easy to create and there is a tons of plugins available as well.